Actress Anne Francis (b.1930) died on January 2. Francis is best known is science fiction circles for her role as Altaira in Forbidden Planet, a role further immortalized in the theme song to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She also appeared in episodes of Fantasy Island, The Twilight Zone, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and the film The Rocket Men.
Actor Leslie Nielsen (b.1926) died on November 28. Nielsen was originally cast in romantic leads, but after he was cast as a deadpan doctor in the film Airplane, his career took off as a comedic actor. Some of his genre roles included Commander J. J. Adams in Forbidden Planet, Superhero Movie, the title role in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Scary Movie 3 & 4, 2001: A Space Travesty, and many more. Nielsen had checked into the hospital for a staph infection and developed pneumonia.